Xilinx to showcase innovations for industrial IoT solutions at SPS IPC Drives

Semiconductor company Xilinx is to showcase its latest solutions for factory automation, smart grid and robotics applications at SPS IPC Drives 2017.

More specifically, XIlinx says it provides scalable and comprehensive “all-programmable” industrial internet of things platforms from edge to cloud.  Continue reading Xilinx to showcase innovations for industrial IoT solutions at SPS IPC Drives

STMicroelectronics partners with Asratec to demonstrate humanoid robot

Chipmaker STMicroelectronics and robotics company Asratec have partnered to develop and demonstrate a humanoid robot at a recent industry event in Japan. 

The companies say the development is in recognition of the observation that the internet of things is becoming a part of people’s lives.

This means that network-connected embedded systems – such as robots – “are growing more important than ever”.  Continue reading STMicroelectronics partners with Asratec to demonstrate humanoid robot

Advantech wins award from Chinese consulting company for its digital factory technologies

Advantech, a provider of industrial computers and related technologies, has received an award from from ROI Management Consulting, in China.

The award is for its Industry 4.0-compliant digital factory.

The “ROI Industry 4.0 Award China” was given to Advantech at the awards ceremony in Shanghai in recognition of its “Industry 4.0 achievements as a pioneer in the practical implementation of real-time equipment and resource monitoring”.  Continue reading Advantech wins award from Chinese consulting company for its digital factory technologies

Mitsubishi launches new computer numerical controller

Mitsubishi Electric Automation has launched the new M80W computer numerical controller, the latest in its industry-proven M8 Series computer numerical controllers.

The M80W features a touch-screen Windows-based display that is separate from the control unit, which the company says provides “expandability and flexibility”.

The M80W includes two expansion slots for 32GB SD cards, and incorporates the latest operating system and slim personal computer. This allows original equipment manufacturers and end users to add up to 64GB more memory for “even greater flexibility”, says the company.  Continue reading Mitsubishi launches new computer numerical controller

Mentor and TowerJazz provide ‘first commercial comprehensive suite of analog constraint checks for enhanced automotive reliability offering’

Mentor, a Siemens business, and TowerJazz, the global specialty foundry leader, have launched a new suite of analog design constraint checks for the automotive sector.

The system includes checks such as device alignment, symmetry, orientation/parameter matching and more, and leverage the “delicate analog layout requirements and automotive reliability check templates available for use with the Calibre Perc platform”, says Mentor.

These checks are added to the already existing ESD (electrostatic discharge), CDM (charged-device model) and power management special checks that are available to mutual customers as part of the TowerJazz PDK offering.  Continue reading Mentor and TowerJazz provide ‘first commercial comprehensive suite of analog constraint checks for enhanced automotive reliability offering’

Broadcom bids $130 billion to buy Qualcomm in what would be the largest-ever acquisition in technology sector

Chipmaker Broadcom has proposed to buy Qualcomm and is willing to pay a massive $130 billion for the company. 

Qualcomm is yet to publicly respond to the offer, but Broadcomm has made outlined its offer in detail.

Broadcom is offering $70 per share to be received by Qualcomm stockholders which would consist of $60 in cash and $10 per share in Broadcom shares.  Continue reading Broadcom bids $130 billion to buy Qualcomm in what would be the largest-ever acquisition in technology sector

The Digital Silk Road: Exclusive interview with Citic Telecom boss

About a week ago, a Chinese company called Citic formally announced that it had completed its acquisition of a European company called Linx Telecommunications. 

While the story may be interesting in and of itself, it’s just one piece of a much larger jigsaw puzzle China’s Premier Xi Jinping wants to piece together.

A couple of years ago, Jinping sketched out a roadmap of what has come to be known as the “One Belt, One Road” project, often shortened to Obor.  Continue reading The Digital Silk Road: Exclusive interview with Citic Telecom boss

Cisco partners with Google to offer hybrid cloud solution

Cisco and Google Cloud are partnering to deliver a hybrid cloud solution that they say helps customers maximize their investments across cloud and on-premises environments. 

The companies will provide a unique and open hybrid cloud offering that enables applications and services to be deployed, managed and secured across on-premises environments and Google Cloud Platform.

The solution delivers cloud speed and scale, with enterprise-class security, claim the companies.  Continue reading Cisco partners with Google to offer hybrid cloud solution

Apple manufacturing partners ‘struggle with low yield rate’

Apple suppliers “continue to struggle with low yield rate” because the smartphone giant is integrating advanced technologies, requiring investment in new and expensive manufacturing processes, which affect the suppliers’ profit margins, according to Nikkei

Apple is planning to launch its $1,000-dollar iPhone X to consumers in the coming months, but the new device includes functions not found in other phones, which is requiring manufacturers to change their processes and invest in new equipment.

Among the features in Apple’s high-end iPhone X will be facial recognition and organic light-emitting diode screens, both of which are new technologies and not found in current Apple devices.  Continue reading Apple manufacturing partners ‘struggle with low yield rate’

Yaskawa Electric reports stunning 150 per cent more profits with robotics and automation leading the way

Yaskawa Electric says it has achieved a staggering 150 per cent growth in net profit for the period from April to September, compared with the same period last year, according to a report on Nikkei

Nikkei says Yaskawa’s profits for the period were $184 million, beating its own previous records.

Yaskawa, which also owns the Motoman brand of industrial robot, says most of the growth was due to increased orders for automation equipment from China, Japan and the US.  Continue reading Yaskawa Electric reports stunning 150 per cent more profits with robotics and automation leading the way

Silicon value: An overview of the semiconductor market

The manufacturing of semiconductor-based technologies is arguably the most advanced of human endeavours in terms of engineering. 

Semiconductor materials include silicon, which can either act as a conductor of electricity or as an insulator, stopping the flow of electricity.

This strange duality, along with other features, has made semiconductors the most valuable commodity in electronics, and enabled it to form the basis of today’s technological, increasingly computerised machines and gadgets.  Continue reading Silicon value: An overview of the semiconductor market

WinSystems launches new single-board computer for industrial applications

WinSystems, a provider of industrial embedded solutions, has launched a new single-board computer.

The company says the new PPM-C412 series is designed for demanding environments and applications, and offers a broad spectrum of I/O features and the ability to expand functionality in a densely populated, standalone SBC solution.

The new computer is also PC/104-Plus-compatible, and delivers greater performance and a clear upgrade path for current PPM-LX800 users while providing full ISA-compatible PC/104-Plus expansion, says WinSystems.  Continue reading WinSystems launches new single-board computer for industrial applications

Growing support for open standards for programmable logic controllers

Support for open standards for programmable logic controllers – which are the computers used in industrial automation systems – has been growing in recent years. 

The organisation partly responsible for the trend, PLCopen, last year released a set of coding guidelines to help standardise PLC programming. These guidelines have been adopted and further developed by a variety of companies.

One of those is software engineering company Itris Automation, which has integrated the guidelines into its automatic static analysis tool PLC Checker.  Continue reading Growing support for open standards for programmable logic controllers

Synopsys acquires memory systems provider Sidense

Synopsys has acquired Sidense, a provider of one-time programmable non-volatile memory for automotive, mobile, industrial and Internet of Things applications. 

Synopsys says the acquisition complements its existing DesignWare Multi-Time Programmable NVM IP solution with OTP NVM IP in 16-bit to 1.28-Mbit configurations.

With this acquisition, Synopsys says it gains access to “proven, market-leading OTP NVM IP in process technologies from 180- to 16‑nm”.  Continue reading Synopsys acquires memory systems provider Sidense

‘Virtual dashboard’ sounds better than ‘human-machine interface’

A human-machine interface is a computer screen through which a human can control a machine. It can be a screen on a tablet computer or a desktop computer, or even a wearable, like a smartwatch.

The majority of HMIs in the industrial sector take the form of tablet computers, though there are also many desktop HMIs, and an increasing number of developers are releasing wearable HMIs, although they are few in number at the moment.

The reason why mobile HMIs seem to be favoured is that they can be located near the machine, or the user can be near the machine when using the device, to either directly control it in realtime or programme it to perform whatever operations at a subsequent time.  Continue reading ‘Virtual dashboard’ sounds better than ‘human-machine interface’